Gangs and Juvenile Delinquency in the Hispanic Culture
Abstract: There has been a rise in gang violence among the youth across the nation. There are also cruel and violent tendencies that the youth that are a part of this group. It is important to understand reasons why Hispanic youth are turning toward gangs. The influx of gang activity in the neighborhoods and schools has adversely affected the level of violence seen in communities across the nation. The rise in the Latino population in many urban areas has also seen a rise in Hispanic gang activity. This topic is interesting because of the type of work the writer is involved with. The writer is working with Hispanic juveniles and has personally seen the influence the gang has had in the community and among the youth. Violent tendencies that gangs have strain on the community. This paper will explore the influence of gangs in the Hispanic community and the influence the gangs have among the juvenile population. From the day a baby is born human beings are looking and longing for a safe, comfortable environment. According to Erik Erikson human beings must go through eight stages of development to have a successful and for filling life. According to the stages one must be able to build on each stage to be successful in the next stage. The challenges of stages not successfully completed may be expected to reappear as problems in the future. According to Erik Erikson, the major developmental task in infancy is to learn whether or not other people, especially primary caregivers, regularly satisfy basic needs. If caregivers are consistent sources of food, comfort, and affection, an infant learns trust. On the other hand if they are neglectful, or perhaps even abusive, the infant instead learns mistrust that the world is in an undependable, unpredictable, and possibly dangerous place. In analyzing the theories of Erikson one must ask that question about the youth of today and the increase of gangs and gang activity. The influx of gang activity in the neighborhoods and schools has adversely affected the level of violence seen in communities across the nation. The rise in the Latino population in many urban areas has also seen a rise in Hispanic gang activity. This topic is interesting because of the type of work the writer is involved with. The writer is working with Hispanic juveniles and has personally seen the influence the gang has had in the community and among the youth. Violent tendencies that gangs have strain on the community. This paper will explore the influence of gangs in the Hispanic community and the influence the gangs have among the juvenile population. Every group of people has a history and the Hispanic people have long rich history that includes warriors, inventors, explores and gangs. Hispanic gangs have a history embedded in the pre-war era, but came to fulfillment during the nineteen fifties and nineteen sixties. Their membership includes a variety of Mexican and Latin American immigrants as well as Hispanic Americans. The gangs fight with each other as well as other groups for territory and control, lately their activities and influence have stretched across international lines, leading to major conflict with civilian and federal border patrols. Contemporary Hispanic gangs originated as Pachucos during the nineteen thirties is a Hispanic a Mexican American man who wears flashy clothes, tends to be rebellious, and sometimes belongs to a local gang (dated slang). They established themselves as a separate subculture; the Pachucos generally wore “zoot” suits and spoke a specific dialect known as Calo. Many people from this group are descendents from the city of El Paso, Texas. With the blooming youth culture of the nineteen fifties, Hispanic gangs began to become more organized. The oldest organized Hispanic street gang in the country was established in the nineteen forties in Chicago there are called the Latin Kings. Latin Kings...
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